Arizona high elevation peaks

Six High Elevation Peaks to Hike in Arizona

Arizona heat got you down? Feel stuck inside, glued to the A/C unit? We know the feeling.

Good news, though! Despite its reputation as a desert filled with cactus, Arizona actually has a decent number of high elevation peaks spread all around the state for your hiking pleasure. So get out of your air conditioned comfort zone and get outside!

Humphreys Peak, Flagstaff

Highest peak in Arizona

I know, you already knew about this one, right? Humphreys Peak sits high above the tree line in alpine tundra. The views are unbeatable, but watch for altitude sickness.

Mileage 9.8
Elevation gain 3352
Summit elevation 12,637 feet

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Humphreys Peak

WildPathsAZ and friends at the summit of Humphreys Peak
Mount Baldy Loop Arizona

Mount Baldy, White Mountains

A great backpacking trip

The summit of Mount Baldy is actually on the White Mountain Apache Tribe land, so you need permission to summit. But you can enjoy the best of the area without going to the top.

Mileage 18.1 for the loop
Elevation gain 2793
Summit elevation 11,132 feet (high point of the trail)

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Mount Baldy Loop

Kendrick Peak, Flagstaff

An easier alternative to Humphreys

This peak near Flagstaff has all the beauty of the ponderosa forest but not as high an elevation as Humphreys. Plus, you’ll visit an old cabin along the way.

Mileage 9.0
Elevation gain 2788
Summit elevation 10,425

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Kendrick Peak

Kendrick Peak near Flagstaff Arizona
Miller Peak in the Huachuca Mountains Sierra Vista Arizona

Miller Peak, Sierra Vista

Southernmost high point in Arizona

You’ll start in the high desert, but quickly ascend to dense, shady forest. Hiking along the Crest Trail with massive views of the valley below is a highlight.

Mileage 11.1
Elevation gain 3717
Summit elevation 9,470

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Miller Peak

Mount Wrightson, Sahuarita

Good training hike with ample elevation gain

Near the birder’s paradise of Madera Canyon, this hike passes through scenic forest with plentiful flora and fauna. It’s especially magical late in a wet summer.

Mileage 11.2
Elevation gain 4070
Summit elevation 9,457

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Mount Wrightson

Summit of Mount Wrightson in Arizona
Mount Lemmon Loop

Mount Lemmon, Tucson

Quick getaway from the desert heat

You can reach the summit by car, but there are also a lot of trails to the top. Some start at the valley floor, but most people will prefer this shorter route from near Summerhaven that avoids the summer heat.

Mileage 10.4
Elevation gain 3078
Summit elevation 9,160

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Lemmon Loop

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Disclaimer Outdoor activities have inherent risk, and we will not be able to tell you all the risks you may face. You are responsible for your own safety, so prepare as well as you can and know your limits. Follow this guide at your own risk. And have fun!


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